Fabricio Coloccini ruled out of derby
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini will miss Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland through injury.
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Coloccini, 31, picked up a muscle problem while on international duty with Argentina last week, forcing him out of his side's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.
The Magpies will also be without fellow defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa due to suspension, but despite his defensive problems, Pardew remains optimistic that Steven Taylor will return in time after a spell out injured.
“Colo definitely won’t be available for Sunderland," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle. “We think Steven’s going to be OK. He was touch and go to train last week but we just held him back.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has promised his side will be ready for Sunday's clash, despite their 4-0 thrashing at Swansea on Saturday.
“I don’t want to exaggerate when I look ahead to the game,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “I don’t want to say we have got time -- you can’t say that. But I don’t want to go the other way and say this is a final, and build it up that way.
“At the end of the day, it is about winning a football game. And it needs to be now. In Spanish, we say it needs to be yesterday -- not tomorrow, now! Then we go from there. It’s a great opportunity for us, though. Can we do it? I believe we can and this week we are going to work as hard as possible to make it so.
“We’ve been trying to build confidence from day one, and I thought that we were better in those terms. The team was already different under [former caretaker manager] Kevin Ball and I hoped we had moved another step forward doing our things.
“But, at the end of the day, what matters is Saturday, three o’clock. It doesn’t matter about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. It doesn’t matter what people say, or what they think."